Utah Hike of the week: Stansbury Front Trail at Davenport Canyon
Directions • This is a wonderful late-season hike that offers many of the great things about a high-elevation trek — beautiful views, green juniper trees — with very little snow as of early November.
To get there from Salt Lake City, take Interstate 80 West and get off at exit 99 for State Road 36 toward Tooele. After about four miles, turn right onto State Road 138 and take it through Grantsville. Take a left on West Street and follow it as it turns into the Mormon Trail. Turn right at the brown sign for North Willow/Davenport Canyon and keep driving straight as the paved road turns into dirt. Follow it for about five miles until you hit the trailhead, marked by a large wooden sign.
The hike is a moderately steep climb that begins in a grassy valley. The trail starts at about 6,400 feet and ascends though juniper trees and sage, with snow-capped mountains in the distance. The route has enough sun exposure to melt recent snow, but at the top of a nearly 7,000 foot saddle the path grew shaded and muddy, and we turned around. The Stansbury Front trail, though, actually runs a total of 23 miles through the Stansbury Mountains. It begins north of Davenport Canyon and extends south to the trailhead at Big Hollow, though it hits above 8,000 feet along the way.